3 Dosha Kitchari Recipe (Cleansing and rejuvenating your Gut)

Kitchari is a combination of rice and yellow mung dal beans is an easily digestive food that have been used  in India for thousands of years to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick, and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing, and deep spiritual practice.

In a cleanse Kitchari provides nourishment in the form of a complete protein that will keep the blood sugars stable during a cleanse so the body feel safe and is able to get rid out of the toxins and starting burning fats.

Ingredients: 

-2 cups yellow mung dal beans-1 cup white basmati rice/ quinoa
-2 tablespoons ghee /organic sesame oil/ unrefined coconut oil
-2 teaspoons each black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and coriander seeds.
-1 teaspoon each cumin powder, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds , black pepper (cinnamon optional in winter)
-2 green cardamom pods
-1 cloves
-2 bay leaves
2–5 cups of chopped, organic, seasonal vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, celery, kale, and bok choy (avoid nightshades)
-1 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

-Rinse the mung dal beans and strain them five times, or until the water runs clear. -Heat the ghee or oil in a large pot. Add all the seeds and toast until the mustard seeds pop. Add the bay leaves and powdered spices, and mix together.  Stir in the rice and beans. Add 8 cups of water, cloves, bay leaves, cardamom pods, and chopped vegetables. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook at least one hour, until the beans and rice are soft and the kitchari has a porridge-like consistency. Serve warm with fresh cilantro on top, if desired.

Variations

Kapha

  • Omit the oil or ghee and instead soften the spices by cooking in two inches of water before adding the rice and dal.
  • Use quinoa, millet, or amaranth instead of rice.
  • Add about ½ inch of chopped, fresh ginger to the oil when cooking the spices.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper while cooking.
  • Use half the amount of ghee or oil.
  • Best veggies for a kapha variation are leafy greens, broccoli , cauliflower, asparagus, and celery.

Pitta

  • Use half the amount of mustard seeds and black pepper, or omit mustard seeds altogether.
  • Replace ghee with coconut oil.
  • Best veggies for a pitta variation are leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, and carrots.

Vata

  • Use twice the amount of ghee or oil.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper while cooking.
  • Add about ½ inch of chopped, fresh ginger to the oil when cooking the spices.
  • Use quinoa instead of rice to increase the protein content.
  • Use double the amount of rice.
  • Best veggies for a vata variation are carrots, zucchini, peas, sweet potatoes, and asparagusVegan
  • Use oil rather than ghee.
  • Grain-free
  • Omit the rice and instead chop half a head of cauliflower in a food processor until it reaches the consistency of rice. Toast the mixture in a pan, in 1 tablespoon of ghee or sesame oil. Add after the mung dal beans have cooked.
  • Use 2 cups less water.
  • Alternative Grains
  • Use quinoa, amaranth, or millet instead of rice for the base.
  • If you’re new to some of the ingredients in this recipe, ask your local natural grocer to help you locate them. The spices and grains are typically sold in the bulk section and/or prepackaged; the mung dal beans and ghee (clarified butter) can usually be found in the “international foods” aisle.For a mini-detox, eat kitchari or oats porridge  for all of your meals for a 3 days (drinking at least 8 glasses of warm water) —or simply enjoy it as a delicious part of a healthy, whole-foods diet.

Turmeric is one of the most potent Ayurvedic herbs balancing all the doshas (Vata, Pita and Kapha) known for its anti-inflammatory qualities, it’s excellent for arthritis, digestion, cuts, anxiety, stress, high cholesterol, triglycerides, skin problems and it boosts the immune system.You can use it externally or internally as a part of your daily regimen.

Skin Care:

For beautiful and clear skin you can take 1 capsule daily and in the case of pregnancy, take it regularly as part of your diet, it will help the child to have gorgeous skin.

Golden Milk Recipe:

  • ½ teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 cup of almond milk/ coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of  turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon of organic  black pepper
  • ¼  cinnamon
  • ¼ cardamom
  • ½ inch of ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients together over medium heat except for the maple syrup
  • Heat until start it begins to boil
  • Turn heat down to low
  • Simmer for 5 minutes for the flavors to combine
  • Add the maple syrup (optional)
  • Serve and enjoy!!

“Let the food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hipocrates

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The Importance of Healing the Gut

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We’ve only recently begun to understand the importance of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. The gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Disregarded gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.

Several components of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:

  • Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
  • Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
  • Diets low in fermentable fibers
  • Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic infections

Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Many researchers believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century.

 

All disease begins in the gut. – Hippocrates

The Spiritual Journey

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The spiritual journey that we will discuss in this post is similar to one of a true hero’s journey. This journey is ultimately the path back to Love, our true essence. When we are consumed by fears of the unknown and fears of the materialistic world, we suffer. This suffering is the result of being stuck in our minds and not living from our hearts. When we let go of the rope of attachment and allow the universe to guide us, we are guided by love which brings us into harmony with the source. The source of all energy, the source of creation or God, God is ever abundant and ever loving, thus when we are with God there is no fear. There is no need for fear because our connection with God allows us to feel cared for no matter what the circumstance, we know everything will be perfect. Finding our spiritual connection can take lifetimes when we are bound by fear, the fear to fully open our hearts to all that is. Only I can give myself the permission to be open to all that is, when I give myself the permission I open to endless possibilities and abundance…

5 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Tongue

Tongue-

 

Have you noticed a film or coating on your tongue in the morning?

If so there are some impurities, bacteria’s, dead cells and toxins that your body is taking out, that might affect our health. At night our digestive system remains awake, removing toxins from our body by depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. If we don’t scrape away these toxins, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to respiratory difficulties, digestive problems, and a compromised immune system.

That’s why it is important in your Ayurvedic daily routine to include cleaning your tongue on a regular basis, in the morning upon rising, and on an empty stomach.

 

  1. Halitosis.

The morning breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue, cleaning your tongue daily reduces and removes those toxins that cause the bad smell in your mouth. Bad breath can have a negative impact on a person’s life, relationships, and self-esteem.

  1. Experience properly, the flavors of your food.

The digestion process begins in the mouth, with your tongue. When your taste buds are blocked, the body is not able to recognize the properties, flavors and nutrients of the food. The tongue becomes unable to transmit the right message to your brain, starting a poor digestion process. Tasting your food properly is an essential part of the digestion process.

  1. Improve your digestive health.

Having a proper digestion is considered the foundation of health, according to Ayurveda. Scraping your tongue activates saliva production promoting the agni (the body’s digestive fire), helping the digestion process sending the right messages to your brain.

  1. Boost your immunity.

The tongue is part of the first line of our immune system. The removal of those toxins prevents the body from reabsorbing them, allowing the immune system to work more efficiently.

  1. Good for your dental health.

This practice promotes general tooth and gum health removing the bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, loss of teeth, plaque build-up, and gum infections.

How to clean your tongue?

A tongue scraper (flat piece of metal that is bent in a “U” shape) is more effective than a toothbrush. Due to the fact that, almost half of our oral bacteria live on the deep surface of our tongue; the scraping action of the tongue scraper reach those places where the toxic tongue coating collects (which can range in color from,
(white, clear, yellow or green).

Scrape your tongue by holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on you tongue as possible with firm but gentle pressure from 5 to 10 repetitions until your tongue feels clean and is free of the coating. This should be done just after brushing/flossing and finally the mouth should be rinsed thoroughly with warm water.

 

Introduction to Ayurveda Series of Classes Kicks Off in June 2016

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Namaste Yogi’s and Yogin’s, We are thrilled to bring you this amazing knowledge of Ayurveda which has been carefully handed down since time immemorial. We will continue our series of classes with an informative session outlining The Tridosha Concept. This will be the 2nd in an ongoing series of classes held at the Chatham Community Center. For those of you who missed a class don’t worry this series will be ongoing and all the classes are setup to be separate topics.  This will be a theory class so just bring a laptop or a pen and something to write on. There will be a handout which will cover the main points. Join us on the inspirational and infinitely rewarding path back to ourselves. Classes will be held every Tuesday @ 6:30pm in the “Club Room” of the Chatham Community Center (702 Main Street). Cost for the class is $10 payable at the time of class.

A Journey of Self Discovery

The-Path-to-Freedom

 

We begin our journey with Life In Harmony this week and i am very pleased to find that the we are clearly on our path. The universe has given us the wink and thumbs up to move forward here in Cape Cod, the birth place of Life In Harmony. As we begin our journey we can feel that if we truly stay open and accepting of what appears before us, we are free. Free to create, free to dance, free to love from the depths of our beings and free to move forward on our Journey of Self Discovery. For it is only when we give up the struggle, surrender our defensive position and open to our true nature “Love” that we become free. This monumental first step in our journey takes courage but if we trust in all that is, we will soon find that it is from the place of faith that we find the greatest sense of peace. To quote Thucydides “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.”

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